How to stay Productive

Being a stay at home mom, most of the time I feel like everything is on my shoulders. I take care of the kids, do the laundry, make all the meals, clean, organize & play with my little cuties. On top of all of that, I have a small business to run! Productivity is hard to come by these days so I thought I might share a few of my tips to see if they could help you too!

Wake up early

Not my favorite thing to do in the world but if I want to get anything done in the morning, I have to get up before the kids. I was waking up at 5:30am and started to realize after a shower and getting ready for the day I didn’t have much time to work before the kids were up. So I started setting my alarm for 4:30am. I may not always wake up that early but with my alarm my body knows I have to get up soon.

While I wake up early, I also go to bed early. I am one of those people who can get more accomplished in the morning compared to staying up late to do something. So my goal is to be in bed about to fall asleep by 9pm.

Exercise

There is something about waking up early and exercising that really makes me productive during the day! I always seem more inclined to vacuum, keep up with laundry or just tidy up the place on the days I work out. I just spend at least 30 minutes a day trying to get my heart rate up. Right now I love running and walking on the treadmill. If you don’t have machines, utilize YouTube! There are tons of free workout videos you can use to exercise! Try a few out and see what you like best! You can also check out your local library for exercise videos as well.

I exercise Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in the morning. Tuesday and Thursday we usually do a family walk after dinner, we can go to the mall to walk or just walk around the neighborhood if it’s nice. Just getting my body moving gives me so much more energy! And I love seeing my FitBit have over 10,000 steps! ūüôā

Lists

To-do lists are EVERYTHING! Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t have them. I love to write my goals down on paper then cross them out when I finish them so I feel extra productive! Other times I keep a list of them in Notes on my phone so I can go back and look at them. I can even share the list with my husband so we can be on the same page about things that need done around the house.

First I start with the most important. Once I get that one done I move on to the smaller tasks I can knockout first! Focusing on small things allows me to gain traction and confidence to move to the next thing. As I cross items off the list I feel more and more productive which makes me want to cross more off the list. It’s a win-win all around! Things get done and I have the confidence to keep going!

Turn off distractions

Yep, I said it! Put the phone in another room on Do Not Disturb and turn the television off. The only way for me to completely focus on my tasks is to not have any distractions. It’s really hard for me because I love background noise and I HATE quiet. So if I need to I can put my headphones in and listen to music that doesn’t distract me too much.

Honestly putting my phone in do not disturb mode is a life saver! Anytime my phone would ring with a text, I HAD to look who it was. Now every once in a while I would check on the messages because none of them are really every super important that they need my attention right away. And putting it in the bedroom is also great. It’s funny how I ‘forget’ to check my phone if it isn’t right next to me!


These are some of my tips for staying productive during the day. I hope these tips can help you, because I know you have a lot on your plate too!

Do you have an productivity tips to share? I’d love to hear them!



3 Websites to Download Fonts

For years I was stuck using only fonts that came with my computer. I didn’t have a ton of options so my designs were… boring. It took a long time for me to realize that I could download fonts off the internet to use! What?! I could have my own fun fonts instead of using Arial or Georgia? Life changing, right?

When I first started downloading fonts I wasn’t sure what websites I could trust. Downloading from websites you don’t trust is frowned upon. I certainly didn’t want to get a virus because I was careless. Over the years I found three websites that I love and trust and wanted to share with you!

DaFont

This was one of the first places I found for free fonts. Most of them are free for personal use but if you want to use them on projects you plan to sell, you’ll have to find ones that are 100% Free. See the picture below to see where you can find that information as you look through fonts.

Font Squirrel

‘100% Free for Commercial Use’ is their slogan! So mostly all their fonts they have a license, allowing you use them on projects you plan to sell. Sometimes they have fonts where they believe they are free but they can’t be 100% sure. I’ve decided not to use these fonts for selling but you can decide on your own what is best for you.

Font Bundles

These are fonts you have to pay for but you can buy a bundle of fonts for a reasonable price. I’ve bought a couple bundles for specific fonts and I’ve never been disappointed! They all have commercial licenses so you can use them on projects you want to sell and you don’t have to worry about any issues! They do have some free fonts available.

Do you have a website that you love to download fonts from? I’d love for you to share so everyone can check it out!


5 Places To Buy Plain Shirts for Vinyl

When I first started creating customized shirts, it was a little difficult to find plain shirts that would work nicely with my vinyl. As time passed, and I bought more shirts, I have really narrowed down the places where I get those shirts from. I made a list of my favorites to guide you with your next project.

1. Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby is where I buy all of my baby bodysuits and raglan shirts for my Etsy shop. The bodysuits use thicker fabric, which I think is better than the super thin fabric that some others use to make their bodysuits.

Please note: Hobby Lobby is not open Sundays.

2. Old Navy

Old Navy is my go to place when I have an idea for a personal project and I need a certain color. It can be a toss-up whether or not they have what you need in the store, but they will usually have what you need online. However, most of the time when I have an idea for a shirt I want to make it right away and don’t really want to wait for it to come in the mail.

3. Walmart

I usually forget to look at Walmart for shirts but really it’s a great place for both adult and kid shirts. The shirts are more basic colors but most of the time that’s all I need so I can make the design stick out more. Depending on the season I have been able to find long or short sleeve t-shirts.

4. Target

Cat and Jack shirts are also great! My sister loves them because the come down in the back a little further than most shirts so they are her go-to shirt for her kids. They do have a few plain t-shirt options I’ve come across and honestly I’m at Target A LOT so I can just pick up a shirt here and there for different personal projects.

5. JiffyShirts.com

Jiffyshirts.com is kind of my catch-all. There are a lot of shirts to sort through but the benefit is most of the time I can find exactly what I want and the color I want. They have a ton of options so I would use this is a last resort when I need a shirt someone asks me for a specific color or style.

If you don’t have a vinyl cutter like a Cricut or Silhouette don’t fret! I have an option to purchase custom iron-on decals that you can put on your own shirts! If you have a specific shirt that you want me to put a decal on, we can set that up as well! Contact me with your ideas!

Do you have any favorite places where you like to buy shirts?